Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

February 21, 2007 08:02 ET

Amicus saddened by sudden closure of engineering company

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 21, 2007) - Amicus, the UK's largest manufacturing union, has been alarmed and disappointed at the sudden closure of engineering company, Widdowson-Dalebrook Engineers Ltd, in Crewe with the loss of 90 skilled jobs.

All 120 employees, without any consultation or notice, were told on the spot that they were all being made redundant. This news has left the workers totally shocked as they are still owed wages and have no news on whether this is forthcoming.

The failure of the company to properly consult with its workforce, many of whom have worked for the company over 10 years, and their trade union has added to their anxiety and disappointment and Amicus will be lodging a case of unfair dismissal with the Employment Tribunal on behalf of its members.

Amicus Regional Officer, Lawrence Chapple-Gill, said:
"The fact that the company have not consulted with us will add to the concerns of the many hard working people. This is yet another closure in the industry and is a blow to manufacturing this region. We owe it to our members and their families, who are saddened and devastated, to do everything in our power to help.

"We will be seeking to apply for Protective Awards and unfair dismissal with the Employment Tribunal on behalf of our members. We will also be looking into the asset value the company as we will be seeking some form of remedy for our members.
"I am extremely disappointed at the decision to close this site which is important to the local economy. It is disheartening that after 60 years they found it difficult to continue operating here."

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Lawrence Chapple-Gill
    07876 444773
    Amicus Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761